We invite members of the community to participate in our host family program! What is the host family program? Great question!
Since all of our players are amateur and cannot accept compensation, housing becomes a challenge. Teams in the WCL rely on the generosity of the community to allow players to become members of their families for the summer through our host family program.
What is expected of host families: Host families are to provide free room and board to these players during the 3 month West Coast League season, the ability to get to and from the ballpark every night, and a family environment to help players transition to a new and sometimes foreign community. While players are developing professionals, they are still young men who are learning to adjust without Mom or Dad to provide. Host families help bridge that gap. Players begin arriving the beginning of June, and stay through the middle of August.
Benefits are many and are being formalized now. In addition to team-provided benefits, the fact is that relationships are created that become life-long friendships.
PBV partner Jeff Cirillo, a former MLB All-Star, recalls his host families from his summer-collegiate days in Alaska: “I stayed in touch with my host families from collegiate wood bat and minor league play,” says partner Jeff Cirillo. “It was great to get the occasional letter from them and to see them from time to time as I traveled around to different Major League stadiums during my playing career. They were a big part of my progression from college baseball to Major League Baseball.”
Email us today to learn how you can be a part of this wonderful tradition!.